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What You Need To Know About Palmetto Bugs

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Palmetto bugs are a commonly seen home and business invader in the Fort Lauderdale area, and it’s important to stay on guard when dealing with palmetto bugs. If you want to ensure your property stays safe from palmetto bugs and the many problems they bring, you need to invest in professional pest control and prevention tactics.

Reach out to Mitchell Pest right away with your concerns about palmetto bugs on your Fort Lauderdale property.

Frequently Asked Questions About Palmetto Bugs

What are palmetto bugs?

"Palmetto bug" is a common term used to refer to several species of cockroaches. One of the most common roach species to be called a palmetto bug is the American cockroach, though the Florida woods cockroach and the smokey brown cockroach are also often referred to by this name.

All bugs that are typically identified as palmetto bugs appear similar with reddish-brown or dark brown shiny exoskeletons, six legs, and a pair of thin antennae. Palmettos bugs are most often recognized for their love of moist, dark, and humid areas.

Are palmetto bugs dangerous?

Palmetto bugs are cockroaches, which means they are dangerous to host around your property. Palmetto bugs may spread diseases such as salmonellosis and gastroenteritis as they scavenge on your property, and they may also trigger allergic reactions in certain individuals.

Additionally, widespread palmetto bug invasions may lead to asthma or general respiratory issues. It’s important to eliminate palmetto bugs from your property if you want to avoid these dangers.

Why do I have a palmetto bug problem?

Palmetto bugs love moist, dark, and humid areas, and they are often drawn to properties with a plethora of moisture issues, food resources, and easy hiding spaces. If you are encountering an increasing number of bugs around interior or exterior spaces, you may be attracting them with access to these factors.

Where will I find palmetto bugs?

Palmetto bugs are most commonly found hiding around basements, bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and crawl spaces. If outdoors, they will be seen on palmetto trees or hiding around long grasses, overgrown foliage, or piles of debris and wood.

How do I get rid of palmetto bugs?

If you want to get rid of palmetto bugs the easy way, contact Mitchell Pest at the first signs of these insects on your property. Our service professionals will help you identify the cockroach culprit behind your pest issue and provide you with helpful treatment solutions that ensure all traces of palmetto bugs around your property are removed.

Contact us today to learn more about palmetto bug or cockroach control in Fort Lauderdale or to request a free estimate.

How can I prevent palmetto bugs in the future?

Palmetto bugs are cockroaches, which means that you can prevent future problems by following these roach and pest prevention tips:

  • Seal cracks around your property’s windows, doors, and foundation to stop palmetto bugs from slipping inside in pursuit of food, moisture, or shelter.
  • Take steps to address moisture problems around your property to reduce the damp and humid conditions that palmetto bugs are attracted to.
  • Clear outdoor spaces of items like debris piles, fallen trees, piles of brush and leaves, long grasses, and overgrown foliage to remove palmetto bug hiding spots.
  • Utilize window and door screens in addition to weatherstripping and door sweeps to ensure palmetto bugs stay outside.
  • Store all leftover food properly, clean up food and drink spills immediately, and seal trash bags tightly to prevent palmetto bug scavenging.

Contact Mitchell Pest today for more prevention advice or assistance defeating palmetto bug invasions.

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